Feb 15, 2013 6:00am PST
comment. >>> a history-making move, senate republicans blocked chuck hagel from becoming the newest defense secretary for at least two more weeks. cnn's chief congressional correspondent dana bash has more for you. >> on this vote the yeas are 58, the nays are 40. >> reporter: it was a moment for the history books. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: chuck hagel fell short of the 60 votes needed to break a gop filibuster of his nomination to be defense secretary. only four republicans supported their former senate gop colleague. >> the filibuster of senator hagel's confirmation is unprecedented, i repeat, not a single nominee for secretary of defense ever in the history of our country has been filibustered, never, ever. >> reporter: republicans argued they need more time saying hagel is too controversial to be confirmed only days after getting through committee on a party line vote. >> the president has a right to appoint people in whom he has confidence, but we have a constitutional responsibility to consider the nominee. a number of the republican senators have questions.
Feb 3, 2013 9:00am PST
thanks as always. >>> new on "meet the press," panetta gave his confirmation to chuck hagel. >> the political knives were out for chuck hagel. what disappointed me was that, you know, they talked a lot about past quotes. what about what a secretary of defense is confronting today? >> joining me now is democratic senator richard bloomen that will. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> will you vote in favor of the nomination? >> i will vote in favor of chuck hagel. it was a tough, gruelling hearing. but, i believe that on the key question, is he qualified to be the secretary of defense, he established he is a combat veteran who gave his life. clearly a man of statute, cares about men and women in uniform and veterans. on the important questions going forward. he said he has shown that he has the qualifications to guide the department of defense in this very challenging period when budget cutbacks and other challenges are going to be at the forefront. >> yours was one of the more civil direct questionings of chuck hagel. you talked about veteran's issues, prosecuting sec
Feb 16, 2013 11:00am PST
hagel into the defense post he's nominated for in president obama's cabinet and yesterday they left town for nine days. joining me now jake sherman, congressional reporter, molly bald, national political reporter at "the atlantic." molly, today's "new york times" california democrat barbara boxer likened the block that republicans like texas senator ted cruz have put on chuck hagel to mccarthyism. what was the point of prolonging this hagel vote until after everyone reconvenes? >> well, i think that republicans started out with some legitimate questions about this, and they would say they're just trying to get those answered and need more time. it was harry reid who called this vote as sort of an attempt to call their bluff saying this is enough, you're delaying this for no reason but i don't think this is going to help the republicans' image especially when they're going around saying we're not actually trying to stop this nomination. we're not actually filibustering, so what are they doing? i think especially for people who are sick of the sort of washington games, this isn't a good im
Feb 3, 2013 12:00pm PST
secretary nominee chuck hagel may have picked up key support. nebraska senator mike injuringeinjuringer -- will support hagel's nomination. >>> and rick perceive says that the boy scouts should not bend to the wimz of popular culture. his week in minneapolis, minnesota. joining us is peter alex and forever the white house what can we expect to hear from the president on that trip? >> it's interesting. we may hear on this very topic in the next couple of hours. scheduled to do an interview before the super bowl with cbs news and will likely be questioned about the topic of gun violence in his efforts to push for new, strict restrictions in terms of gun laws. tomorrow, it's as important that he is going as he is what he will say when he arrives in minneapolis. he is making his first trip on this topic to the state of minnesota, minneapolis, an area that is sadly familiar with mass killings. there was a shooting there in september, a state where nearly one in ten people there, 5.4 million, half million of them have firearms, hunting licenses. in addition to that, the president also getting
Feb 13, 2013 10:00pm PST
to testify to the united states senate. the same republicans who turned chuck hagel's confirmation hearing into a game show of who supports the state of israel the most. a game show that was then parodied by saturday night live, of a piece they posted on line. and that piece, the saturday night live sketch incurred the wrath of abraham foxman, his thoughtful and sensitive letter to lauren michaels, the executive producer of saturday night live expresses a concern that "the skit could play into the worst kinds of ideas, even reinforcing the pernicious notion of government" yes, it could, and only for crazy people who don't understand that it was a joke. the kind of crazy people who put abe foxman on their enemy's list. the anti-defamation league is on a list filled with jewish organizations. an enemy's list, and abe foxman is worried about stuff saturday night live is doing in their dress rehearsal that doesn't even make it to the show. the stuff everybody knows is a joke. the anti-defamation league and jews everywhere should be worried about what they're doing on an enemy's list, and why t
Feb 5, 2013 6:00am PST
-- >> filibuster -- >> stephanie: he said the opposition to hagel was intensifying. >> right. because he's -- what? >> huh? >> because he's only a war hero and republican -- >> stephanie: but, when john mccain starts to sound reasonable, something is going on. he said he will not support a filibuster. >> it's not the policy. >> stephanie: several other senator also voiced reservations about a filibuster after mitch mcconnell raised that policy. >> it's not the policy! >> stephanie: it's true. >> and further more [ mumbling ] ! [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> just warning you. >> stephanie: just proving he is still kind of a douche. did you see he made a racist joke. representative justin ahmash republican of michigan denowed the joke about president i'm a dinner jacket in which he alluded to auk ma den jad as a monkey. >> he was talking about the monkey in space and that he wants to be the first iranian in space -- >> mccain doesn't think that he is a foreign leader in any way shape or form. >> stephanie: just saying still under the category of not helpful.